Crash alert: Suspected DUI driver charged in crash that killed Omaha restaurant manager
OMAHA, Neb. — Authorities say a suspected drunk driver is under arrest following a crash that killed an Omaha woman last week.
The collision happened in the area of 144th Street and Harrison Street in Omaha Wednesday night, according to KETV.
37-year-old Candice McDowell, manager of the Timber Creek Pizza Pub and Grill, was driving home from work when her car was struck by a BMW. McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene.
The BMW driver, 24-year-old Ulises Pantoja, and his passenger, 23-year-old Briana Felix-Gabriel, were hospitalized with serious injuries that were not considered life-threatening.
Chief Deputy Sarpy County Attorney Bonnie Moore said Pantoja’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, and he was believed to have been driving recklessly at high speed. He was charged with motor vehicle homicide, driving under the influence, and willful reckless driving. Pantoja was lodged in the Sarpy County Jail.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
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